Thursday, November 19, 2015

Old Man River Gun Club to receive snow fence funding

Christian Davis

Old Man River Gun Club ("Gun Club") President Dan Kuftinoff appeared as a delegation before council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 at their November 10 meeting.  Kuftinoff was there to ask council to consider the Gun Club's request for assistance to build a permanent snow fence next year,  to be located west of the club's facilities, which are located to the south of the Crowsnest/Pincher Creek Landfill.

Last year a temporary snow fence was erected on the property west of the club, with the consent of the private landowner on the other side of the MD road there.  Kuftinoff told council that a permanent fence would be "more cost efficient over time than taking up and down a temporary fence each year".

In a letter to council dated October 22, Gun Club member Hugh Bonertz said "As you may well know the snow problem at the Gun Club property  has been an enormous problem for the past few years. It completely buries our facility in snow each year and requires many man hours and equipment in the spring to make the grounds usable again. We (the Gun Club) work on a very limited budget and find this expense each year very burdensome. Preferably the location of the fence would be along the west boundary of the Gun Club property. It would also help enormously to keep the road open along the Gun Club property. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in this regard."

According to the report of  MD Director of Operations Leo Reedyk on the matter, "The Oldman River Gun Club submitted a funding request in 2015 to the Joint Funding Committee for $22,454.25 to cover the cost of the 300 meters of fence to be built in 2016. They were granted $10,000. On September 29, 2015 the municipality received a letter from them requesting clarification on responsibilities of the Club and or the Municipality in building a permanent fence.  Administration met with Mr. Dan Kuftinoff to review the status. In addition to the Joint Funding grant the Club has raised $7,000 towards the fence that combines to cover the cost of the materials.  Public Works installed 300 meters of temporary fence on the adjacent land in October 2015 for the 2015/2016 snow season."

According to Kuftinoff, the Gun Club has 204 members.

After considerable discussion later in their meeting, council decided to grant the Gun Club $10,000 for the project, with no other participation from the MD.  Councillor Fred Schoening was the sole dissenting vote.

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